Stupidity, Assumptions and Prejudice

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Now you will have to bear with me here as this post is bound to go off on a tangent, but I will try to keep it as to the point as possible. I am seriously considering filling my pockets with glitter and whenever someone near me says something really stupid or rude, I’ll just reach into my pocket with a dead expression and release the glitter into the sky above their head and watch it shower over them like a baptism of stupid. No really: I am. It is the only sensible thing to do. As a rule I believe that everybody has certain “soft spot”, a raw nerve that when someone criticizes evokes an extreme response. For me this has always been my parenting. That is until this past week, now my response is bemused rather than angry/upset. I’m not quite sure when this changed, but it did. Let me explain. Continue reading Stupidity, Assumptions and Prejudice

Broken Bananas, Pooey Walls, Yellow Skips and Hearing Tests!

I have decided to use excerpts from the ‘parental views’; written to accompany my application for a statement of special educational needs;  throughout this post to give an overview of our journeys beginning and why almost 11 years after it began I have decided to write this blog. I guess it was actually while I was writing these ‘parental views’ that I decided to begin this blog, so it seems appropriate to encompass these views within these posts.

Just before Christmas 2003 I gave birth to my first child.  It was the happiest day of my life.  There is nothing that can prepare you for that overwhelming sense of love and protection that you feel for this tiny little life that is totally dependant on you, and there are no words to describe it. However, from the very beginning it was clear that life was going to be anything but simple for this tiny person. Continue reading Broken Bananas, Pooey Walls, Yellow Skips and Hearing Tests!

Statutory Assessments, Paperwork and Frustrations!

Today I was going to write a post explaining how we came to be where we are now, the reasons for starting this blog and a more detailed history of my sons special needs.  I was going to give you some light-hearted entertaining stories (of which I have many), however, today is not that day.  Today I am going to rant because I heard back from the SEN team about an hour ago.

They casually informed me of their decision not to do a statutory assessment of my sons special educational needs.  To them this was just another meeting about a child they have never met, another meeting based solely on the piles of paperwork I scrupulously spent hours gathering, copying, filing and sending.  Piles of paperwork that were probably scanned and then discarded.  It was just another meeting, followed by a routine phone call.  A phone call that will be followed by a letter detailing  why they have decided not to even meet my child.  A letter that will inform us how to appeal the decision they have made.  To them it is just another day in the office.  To us it is a massive set back, a whole new hurdle, and a whole lot more hours that will be spent preparing an appeal. Continue reading Statutory Assessments, Paperwork and Frustrations!